John Ball Zoo



found in the North East Region

Guests taking the Funicular to the top of the Zoo should head to the lower depot right when they enter. When they disembark, they’ll find themselves at the highest point of the Zoo with a breathtaking view of Downtown Grand Rapids and will now be able to explore, walking entirely downhill. This is perfect for guests with strollers! 

The other option is to take the funicular down to the main entrance. These guests should jump on the funicular at end of the Forest Realm Trail near the red panda’s and Bissell Tree House after they’ve explored the Zoo. By taking the Funicular back to the front entrance, visitors avoid retracing their steps.

Days Available: Open all season, weather dependent.

Location: Zoo Entrance and the Forest Realm Trail next to the Bissell Treehouse

General Guidelines:

  • Strollers are permitted.
  • No animals can be seen from the Funicular as it is on the outer edge of the zoo.
Prices Public Member
Per Ride $4.00 $3.00